Two of my rides. The Track-T tips the scales at 1790 lbs, is powered by a purpose built 383 stroker sbc, Tremec TKO 600 5 speed with 0.64 OD, going into a Jaq IRS 3.54 with inboard disc brakes. After 40 years of hot rods, this is my Swiss Army knife of hot rods, it corners better than my Corvette, runs a 10.8 @ 132 mph without speed shifting, and can break 30 mpg at 65 mph on a level highway.
On the dyno in SE Arizona, producing 516 lb/ft at just 2800 rpm.
I have had this ride on the road for 18 years and drive it all over the country, at Yosemite National Park.
Since I did a complete engine cover and tucked the exhaust under the car, most folks assume it is powered by a 2.3 L Pinto 4-banger. Notice the bulges in the side cover to shoehorn the sbc in?
This is high tall I geared it for quiet and economical highway cruising, notice speed vs rpm
This is the LED backup light I fabricated for it, held in place by a magnet and has a coiled cord, so it can double as a trouble light.
And my store bought 2011 CTS-V, 556 hp 6 speed stick
I dig the Track-T's sedan-length wheelbase; I'd wager it drifts through a turn just as comfortably as the Caddy..
Well, your going to think "what a waste of a CTS-V" when I tell you I only drive it for trips in good weather (maybe once a month at most), and I have always left the traction nanny on, so no drifts. The T is different, it corners flat not because of modern tech, i.e. magnetic ride suspension like the V, but rather low and old tech of mounting the engine/transmission so low in the frame rails that the CG is at spindle height, so no moment-arm to even cause lean. To give you a rough idea, if I used a stock sbc oil pan, it would have 3/4" of clearance to the road surface.
Took dear old dad for a day trip to Yosemite. He is 92, and because of that magnetic ride and the bolstered Racaro seats, he had no idea a typical slow to 35 curve we were slicing through at 60. Plus those 556 puppies may growl a little on the outside under heavy throttle, things stay quiet and serene inside the cockpit.
Last edited by deckofficer; 03-25-2012 at 08:28 PM.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'd leave the traction control on most of the time with the Caddy too. That's the great thing about the V-series though; it's every bit the sports car when hustled, but when you drive slowly, it's a Cadillac..
I'm a bit jaded on straight line performance, so the CTS-V to me, is not that fast, but for a heavy car, it is very toss-able in the corners and unlike any other factory super car I've owned, has a firm but non jarring ride with those factory short side wall tires. Have to hand it to GM, they did some good engineering. I hear Ferrari is using the same system on a license agreement.